What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/28-10/4)

Tenleytown has put together another exciting week of events – gallery talks, play readings, film screenings, and even a crab feast! Don’t forget to rest up for the weekend, though. With a neighborhood fair, community zoo day, and a haunted history hunt, you’ll need your energy. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, September 28

  • Take a mid-day break with free yoga classes at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Robin Glantz returns with a series of four classes that will focus on asana (poses) and pranayama (breath). Each free class is 75 minutes, and will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on September 28 and October 5, 19, and 26. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.

  • Join artist Walter McConnell at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion of his exhibit at the American University Museum and the process behind his large-scale moist clay installations in Itinerant Edens: Of Fable and Facsimile.
  • Iona Senior Services hosts a an evening of sensational plots, affairs, and family tensions with a reading of Barry Weinberg’s “The Chadwick Story.” Directed by Scott Sedar, this new play tells the story of the bank-owning Chadwick Family, who cheat, steal, and lie to each other. They think they know one another, but no one knows what the others are up to as they grapple for the money left behind by the beloved dead president of the Chadwick Bank. Plots? Sure. Affairs? Certainly. Drinks and more sex? Everyone, all the time. Femme fatales? Two. Duped guys? Two again. There’s never a dull moment in “The Chadwick Story.” The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW. A $5 donation is request. RSVP by calling (202) 895-9407.
  • Seniors can learn how to protect themselves against scams, financial crimes, and fraud at this month’s Terrace Talk hosted by Seabury at Friendship Terrace. Bennett Rushkoff, Public Interest Section Chief in the Office of the Attorney General, will share advice and tips learned from his 15 years working in public-interest and consumer-protection litigation within the D.C. government. The September Terrace Talk begins at 7 p.m. at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.

Tuesday, September 29

  • American University’s Books That Shaped America series returns with a discussion of Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Alan M. Kraut, University Professor of History, will lead the conversation at 12:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • In recognition of Banned Book Week 2015, the Tenley-Friendship Library invites you to join Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig, two award-winning authors of banned young adult books, for a conversation about censorship and intellectual freedom. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a Newbery Award winner, whose 28-book Alice series is one of the most banned book series of the last decade. Deborah Hautzig is a National Book Award finalist whose first novel, Hey, Dollface, is frequently challenged or banned due to “gay-positive themes”. The discussion begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • Looking for an excuse not to cook dinner, and support a local public school at the same time? Then plan to eat out at Nando’s Peri Peri on Wisconsin Avenue for a fundraiser to benefit Phoebe Hearst Elementary School. Between 4:30 p.m and 8:30 p.m., 40% of the proceeds of your meal will be donated to Hearst Elementary. Just be sure to show this flyer when you order.

Wednesday, September 30

  • Take an experiential journey to “Landmarks in Foreign Lands Beyond the Seven Wonders” at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, starting at 1:00 p.m. Hosted by Activities to Go this is a “trip” you don’t want to miss! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call Friendship Terrace at 202-244-7400.
  • Hera Hub DC and Daily Dementia Caregivers host a special screening of The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together at 6:30 p.m. The film depicts three couples facing Early Alzheimer’s. Learn about the couples’ caregiving techniques, and their changing roles and perspectives on the future. Medical experts’ on Alzheimer’s Disease provide insights into the disease during the film. Barbara Klutinis, the filmmaker, will give an update on the couples at the showing, which will take place at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 100. The screening is free to attend, but please reserve your spot by emailing Julia@herahub.com.
  • Have an opinion about what should be built at the former Super Fresh site at Yuma and 48th streets? Valor Development wants to hear from you! Members of the community are invited to a discussion of the firm’s plans to redevelop the property. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Bread & Salt, 4619 41st Street. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 1

  • The D.C. Public Library has begun collecting input from the community to help it develop its strategic plan to prioritize and enhance its core programs and services. As part of this process, DCPL will hold a community planning meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library to receive feedback directly from District residents. If you can’t attend the meeting, take DCPL’s 5-minute online survey, available through October 14.

Friday, October 2

  • Avoid the trip to the shore, and join the Palisades Georgetown Lion’s Club for a Crab Feast! The club will be serving up delicious crabs – or picnic style dinners, if crabs aren’t your thing – at the St. Ann’s Church Hall from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There will also be delicious homemade baked goodies to sample. St. Ann’s is located at 4400 Wisconsin Avenue.

Saturday, October 3

  • Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and help our neighborhood school Janney Elementary at the same time. The school’s annual book fair at Politics & Prose begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and continues on Sunday, starting at 10:00 a.m. Janney parents, friends, family, and neighborhood supporters can purchase books off of teachers’ “wish lists” for their classrooms, or simply buy books for themselves. Mention Janney at check out and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the school. Politics & Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue. Happy shopping and happy reading!
  • POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 10 Join local favorite Steak ‘n Egg for its First Annual Steak-N-Egg Neighborhood Fair from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Several local Tenleytown merchants will be on hand to offer special promotions, as well as coupons and giveaways, to everyone who attends. American University’s radio station will provide entertainment on site. Don’t miss this new neighborhood event!
  • POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 31 The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home will host its always fun Community Zoo Day from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Home opens its doors once a year to the neighborhood for fun-filled activities for children, including pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, a moon bounce, face painting, a juggler, a magician, and clowns. The fire truck will also be there. Hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and popcorn will be available for sale. There is no admission fee, just a small cost for ride tickets and food. The Home is located at 5425 Western Avenue, across from the Chevy Chase Shopping Center.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library gets a jump on Halloween with a series of spine-tingling events Saturday afternoon and evening. First, learn about The Haunted History of the Hope Diamond at 3:00 p.m. as Carolyn Crouch of Washington Walks shares the gem’s storied past. Then, take part in a Haunted History and Ghost Hunt from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Learn about the history of the library and its surrounding area, and then get trained as a paranormal investigator. You’ll learn techniques and key terms, and have a change to practice with investigative equipment. Once you’re ready, join fellow sleuths and investigate the library. You may be surprised by what you find!

And don’t forget these great weekly events:  

  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library and some adorable pups each Tuesday for Happy Tails Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Story time begins with a book, some songs and then it is your turn. Bring your own book, make up a story, or grab a book in the library to read to a lovable doggie! Dogs are provided by volunteers with People Animals Love.
  • On Wednesdays, enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. Sessions will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat. Free for museum members; $10 for non-members.
  • Stop by the AU Farmers Market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery offer fresh vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts. The market is located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus.
  • Bring your little LEGO architects and builders to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesdays to join the LEGO Construction Crew. Each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., the library will provide all the bricks a child’s imagination can handle. Ages 6 to 12 years welcome.
  • On Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Tenley Bar & Grill hosts a weekly trivia competition run by Stump! Trivia Quiz. Gift cards, prizes, and other swag will be award to the top teams. Plus all trivia participants (21 years of age or older) can enjoy half price wine bottles – which may or may not help your trivia game.
  • Each Friday, the American University Museum offers docent-led tours at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the current exhibitions and discuss your favorite works of art. The tours are free and open to the public. Visit american.edu/museum for more information.
  • Every Friday, Paul’s Wine and Spirits hosts a free wine tasting, opening 10 to 15 wines from around the world to let customers sample new and exciting vintages. Wines are announced during the week via Paul’s Facebook page. Sip and learn from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Paul’s Friendship Heights location, 5205 Wisconsin Avenue.
  • Warm up those vocal chords, Tenleytown – karaoke is in town. Tenley Bar & Grill will let you be the star every Friday night starting at 9:00 p.m. Plenty of drink specials will be on offer for those needing a little liquid courage to take the mic. DC Sing King Ra.Free hosts this fun event strictly for those 21 years of age and older.
  • Start your weekend off with Family Story Time at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes and good books on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome.
  • Coffee Nature, our neighborhood coffee shop, has a weekly live music show on Saturdays. Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy some entertainment with your weekend coffee, pastry, or lunch. Coffee Nature is located at 4224 Fessenden Street. You can read more about it in our review.
  • Adorable cats and kittens are available for adoption each Saturday at PetMAC DC from noon to 2:00 p.m. during Homeward Trails’ pet adoption events. Who knows, you might just meet the newest member of your family. PetMAC is located at 4914 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.